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India-bound drug trafficker Ogbonna bags 25-year-jail term

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced a Delhi India-bound passenger, Freeman Charles Ogbonna, to 25 years imprisonment in Lagos. 

Ogbonna was jailed following his arrest by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives at the screening point of Terminal 2 of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos after he vomited and excreted 80 wraps of cocaine.

Femi Babafemi, spokesperson of the agency, in a statement, Tuesday, stated: “Ogbonna was arrested on March 31, 2024 while attempting to board his flight to Delhi, India via Doha on Qatar Airways, with a Liberian international passport, bearing the name: Carr Bismark and he was taken for body scan, which tested positive for ingestion of illicit drugs.

“Preliminary checks revealed his real identity as Freeman Charles Ogbonna, and he was subsequently placed under observation in NDLEA custody where he started to manifest signs of discomfort. Obviously, choked by the volume of illicit drugs in his stomach and another substance taken to hold back excretion, the suspect soon began to retch before starting to vomit and excrete wraps of cocaine he ingested almost simultaneously.”

He said,  “it was a  great risk that almost took his life notwithstanding and Ogbonna said he was given the drugs to swallow at a hotel in Ipodo area of Ikeja with a promise to reward him with N300,000 cash if he successfully delivered the consignment in India.”

He was subsequently arraigned before Justice Dipeolu Deinde Isaac of the Federal High Court, Lagos in charge number FHCL/378/2024 for committing an offence contrary to section 20(1)(b) and punishable under section 20(2)(a) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30 LFN 2004.

Delivering his judgement on the case on Monday, 1st July 2024, Justice Dipeolu sentenced Ogbonna to 25 years in prison without an option of fine.

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